The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has been on my radar for quite some time. I originally had reservations there back in 2015, but due to the entire Baha Mar project filing for bankruptcy, the trip never happened. Fortunately, the project got back on track and the hotel finally opened in the Spring of 2017. I’ve heard that this hotel in Nassau, Bahamas is significantly better then the Atlantis and incredibly kid friendly. Although many reports have also mentioned that food is ridiculously expensive (which is common for any Caribbean island!) and not great either. While I do not mind paying a premium for unbelievable food, I am not okay paying an arm an a leg for just mediocre food. On the upside, I currently have Hyatt Globalist status which will give us complimentary breakfast and lounge access. This is my last year with this status so making sure I visit this resort before my status expires is imperative. With two young kids, I have no problem eating dinner every night in the lounge and not stepping foot into a sit down restaurant. It might not be everyones ideal when it comes to a vacation, but for us it works very well!
We are planning on going in early December to miss the holiday crowds and get a significantly better rate. It also coincides with a day off my daughter has off from school, which will allow us to get down there for an extended weekend. My daughter just entered Kindergarten so I now have to be a little more strategic when planning vacations! While searching for a deal, I found that Hyatt just launched a “stay 2 nights, get a 3rd night free” promotion at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. This is actually a promotion that is running at all Baha Mar properties, including Rosewood and SLS. The terms of the promotion are definitely confusing where at one place it states you must make the reservation by the end of September and another place it states by November 15th, so I am not sure, but I do believe I saw somewhere that it is for travel through December 20th. I’ve been searching rates for awhile at this property and this is by far the best rate you’ll see. Just use the promo code 3FREE and you’ll see that the regular rate will be $250 for the first two nights and the third night zeroed out. This comes out to $167/night if you are looking to stay exactly three nights. Keep in mind though that taxes and fees are outrageous and do add up! If you have Globalist status though you do not pay the Resort Fee. I’ve also read a few reports that you might be able to get the Service Charge waived too, but no guarantee. With all the fees, this ends up being $250/night, or even less depending on your status. To use points at this property will cost you 20,000 points a night which is not a great value for such a low rate. During peak times using points is typically the way to go!
Now, if you have the Citi ThankYou Prestige credit card, you can even combine the 3rd night free promo from Hyatt with the 4th night free benefit of having the credit card. You’ll just need to call Citi and give them the promo code when they book the reservation for you. It also looks like if you are booking a 4 night stay, they are charging $225/night instead of $250/night, which means you are only spending an extra $175 for that 4th night (which is still less then any rate I have found for an individual night). With the 4th night free benefit, they will take the average of the four nights and reduce your rate by that average, which is $169. Keep in mind though you still have to pay taxes/fees on your 4th night. Having this card and spending exactly four nights at this resort will cost you only $840 in total, and possibly even less if you have status.
I am personally very excited for my upcoming stay, especially at such a reasonable rate! Yes, this will not be a free vacation by any means, but it is definitely a great deal for this property! I am also using Southwest points for my flights, plus the companion pass, and I assume my out of pocket expenses at the property will be minimal due to my Globalist benefits.